How to create an author page in Joomla - Tutorial

How to create an author page in Joomla - Tutorial

A blog is an excellent way to drive trafic with content marketing. It's also a good way to attract writers with guest blogging. In this case, you'll need to setup an author page of each ot them. This tutorial presents you how to create an author page in Joomla.

In this tutorial, I will not explain you why you should display such page on your website if you have guests posts but how to create it. Of course, you can install an extension for this but you'll have to maintain it and this extension, as lighter as it can be, will probably weight down your website. So, we gonna make it only with Joomla because it's possible and because "light is right".

There are differents ways to create an author page in Joomla (with com_contact, for example), but this one described here allows you to see different stages and to understand the logic of content creation in Joomla.

This author page has two sections:

  • The informations with a photo, a biography and some links to contact the author:
    Author informations

    The name of the author is the title of the article.


  • A list of articles written by this author:
    Author articles

    The title of this section is the title of the module.


If you want to see it alive, simply click on my name Author button on the top of this page :)

It's basic but the job is done: highlighting each author with a personal page where his/her informations and articles are presented.

During this tutorial, you'll create an article, a contact and a module (with an override). That's all!

The article

To make as simple as possible, we'll create first a... menu item!
Because we'll need it and because the Joomla workflow allows it, you can create an article directly from an item menu. In your menu, click on the green button "New".

Then, fill the different parts as required.
For the Menu Item Type, click on the bleu button "Select", then select "Articles" and "Single Article".

To create your new article, click on the "Create" button:

Author articles

In the article, we display the first part of the author page: the informations.

My template is powered by Bootstrap 4, so you'll probably have to adapt this markup if your template has another framework.

To insert this HTML code into your article, select the option "Insert code in your text editor.

<div class="row border-bottom border-secondary pb-3">
	
	<div class="p-2 col-3">
		<img class="img-fluid img-thumbnail" src="path/to/your/pic.jpg" alt="" />
		
		<div class="pt-2"> 
			<div class="text-center"> 
				<ul>
					<li>
						<a class="" href="" target="blank"><span class="fa fa-facebook"></span></a>
					</li>
					<li>
						<a class="" href="" target="_blank"><span class="fa fa-twitter"></span></a>
					</li>
					<li>
						<a class="" href="" target="_blank"><span class="fa fa-instagram"></span></a>
					</li>
					<li>
						<a class="" href=""><span class="fa fa-at"></span></a>
					</li>
				</ul>
			</div>
		</div>
		
	</div>	
	
	<div class="p-2 col-9">
		<p class="lead">Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nunc dapibus interdum felis, sodales venenatis eros lobortis eu. Praesent vitae maximus quam, at consequat erat.</p>
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		<p>In lobortis purus massa, hendrerit malesuada ipsum pulvinar a. Aliquam tempor feugiat eros eu laoreet. Praesent ultricies sed neque in pretium. Maecenas nibh neque, elementum eu sapien a, semper faucibus nulla. Nunc pellentesque odio in urna sagittis rhoncus.</p>
	</div>
	
	</div>
Note: If you're not comfortable with HTML code, you can create this part with an article override and with customs fields.

Complete this code with the author informations and add the title and description tags for your article.

In the tab "Parameters", you must activate these two parameters to display the name of the author on the articles with a link on it:

Author parameters

In the tab "Link type" of the menu item, you can decide to display (or not) this menu item on frontend with the parameter "Display in Menu". I've decided to hide mines.

Now, your article and your menu item are created. You should be able to display your article with an URL like this:

https://your-domain.com/alias-of-the-menu-item

You can also decide to make it as a sub-menu of your blog so your URL looks like: https://your-domain.com/blog/alias-of-the-menu-item

If everything is fine here, click the "Save and close" button for your article and let's move to the second step.

The contact

For casuals writers, you won't need to create a user and a contact in Joomla but for the regulars, it's a better option to consider.
Of course, you can create a contact without creating an user but keep in mind that has registered, an author will be able to submit his/her contents from the frontend. This is another great Joomla's feature.

So, let's start to create the user first.
In the top menu of the admin panel, select "Users", then "Manage" and then "Add New User"

Fill all the required fields in the differents tabs.
In "Assigned User Groups" tab, you can assign your new user to the "Author" group. By default, this group has the relevant permissions.

Author articles

Once you've done, click the "Save and close" button.

Now, we gonna create the contact. Note that in Joomla, there is a difference between an user and a contact.
In the top menu of the admin panel, select "Components" and then "Contacts".

Click on the green button "New" to create a new contact.

Fill the relevant fields for your author.

  • In the parameter "Linked User", you can select the user created previously
  • In the parameter "Website", you can add the link to the author's personal website or, and it's a better option to consider, the link to the article "Author page" previously created at the fist step:

    https://your-domain.com/alias-of-the-menu-item

    This way, when a visitor will click on the name of the writer displayed on the article, he/she will opens the author page (the plugin "Content - contact" must be published).

Author articles

Once you've done here, click the "Save and Close" button".

The module

For the second part of the page and the last part of this tutorial, we'll create a module "Article - Category" for display the list of the author's articles on three columns with the intro image, the title, the date and an intro text.

By default, the frontend display of this module don't allows enough options. So, we'll improve it with an override.

Lucky you, the override for this display has already created: Latest blog.

Author articles

We won't need to display the name of the category and the "Read more" button, so these options won't be selected in the module parameters. But you can use them if needed.

Copy the HTML markup in your override and the CSS classes in the custom.css of your template. If you don't know how to create an override in Joomla, take a look at this article.

Now, let's create the new "Articles - Category" module and fill all the required parameters as desired.

For this module, select a template position below the main component area on the item menu created ealier.

In the tab "Filtering options", indicate the number of article to display, select the relevant category (or categories) and your author in the parameter "Authors".

Author articles

In the tab "Display options", select the desired options for the frontend display.

Author articles

At last, in the "Advanced" tab", select your override in the parameter "Layout".

Don't forget to select a position below your article created on the first setp of this tutorial to publish your module. Once you're ok, click the "Save and Close" button.

Congratulations, your author page is ready.
Check all the details before putting your page alive: the meta tags, the access level, the frontend display, the links, etc. Everythting is ok? Go !

The Joomla Override Challenge

In association with Viviana Menzel, we've created the unofficial Joomla Override Challenge. The goal is to create each month an override based on an extension or on an project (like this author page). If you want to join us, feel free to contact Viviana or me :)

Conclusion

Et voilà, your author page is online.
I hope this tutorial wasn't too complicated and it helps you to create an awesome author page. Of course, this one is pretty basic and it's possible to improve it with others sections like awards, conferences, etc.

Don't hesitate to share your author pages in the comments section and to share this tutorial around you.

Daniel Dubois

Daniel Dubois

Passionné par le Web depuis 2007, Daniel défend la veuve et l'orphelin du web en créant des sites respectueux du W3C. Fort d'une expérience de plusieurs années, il partage ses connaissances dans un état d'esprit open source.
Très impliqué dans la communauté Joomla depuis 2014, il est actif de plusieurs projets, conférencier et fondateur du JUG Breizh.